Interweaving Conference 2017

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers to be announced soon.


Dr Laura Colucci-Gray

Laura Colucci-Gray is a s Senior Lecturer in Science Education and Sustainability Education in the School of Education. Laura holds a first degree in Natural Sciences awarded with 110/110 cum laude from the University of Turin (Italy) and a doctorate in Science Education awarded by the Open University (UK). Her research is located at the intersection between teacher education, pedagogical innovation and the epistemological reflection on science, particularly with regards to the field of science-technology-studies and sustainability debates.

Prior to gaining her lectureship in 2008 Laura worked as a contract researcher and contract lecturer at the University of Turin and Val d'Aosta, then she was appointed as a research assistant and subsequently research fellow on the Scottish Teachers for a New Era project at Aberdeen. Laura is currently President of the Scottish Educational Research Association and she is an executive member of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability (IRIS) based at the University of Turin.

Laura is a regular speaker at National and International conferences; she has been invited to give lectures at International workshops and she has been a panel discussant at several research conventions. She is currently the Director of Research and Interdisciplinarity, chairing the School Research Committee and a member of the School Executive.


Professor John Ravenscroft

After his first degree in Psychology he became very interested in Cognition, Language and especially Child Language. By various routes he ended up taking a Masters degree in Philosophy and Psychology of Language, this opened a whole new world of Ontology and Cognition, and for a while he became very interested in Primate Cognition and Primate Thought and for many years he carried around inside his head what it is to be as Donald Davidson would say a "Rational Animal".

Meanwhile, he got on with life and went to live as you do in New Zealand, Japan, China, Australia and spent some time in Mongolia. Upon his return to the UK after several years working in the Psychology department and even the Parapsychology department at Edinburgh University developing his understanding of the nature of representation and what it means to represent something in an internal processing system, human or artificial. This led to his PhD which is grandly called the "Ontology of Inductive Systems".

Understanding representation eventually led to him to sight loss and visual impairment. What are the representations of children who have no vision became very important question and as he began to answer this he became the manager of Visual Impairment Scotland, and created the first UK child visual impairment notification system. He also became the Head of the Scottish Sensory Centre and went to Australia for 18 months to the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children to develop and create Australia's first visual impairment notification system. Again, upon his return he became Deputy Head of Department for Educational Studies, and was also the Head of Institute for Education, Teaching & Leadership (ETL).

He followed this period of academic management with more, being the Deputy Head/Dean of Moray House School of Education and often Acting Head/Dean of Moray House School of Education until 2016.

He is now Professor of Childhood Visual Impairment, and still very much interested in the nature of representation and the evolutionary process of cognition (of those that can and cannot see).


Professor Dorothy Miell

Professor Dorothy Miell is Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh and Chair of the IASH Advisory Board. She joined the University of Edinburgh in March 2010. Dorothy is Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences which includes 11 schools covering a broad sweep of academic and professional subjects.

Dorothy is by background a Social Psychologist, working on relationships and communication and especially how these are involved in the process of collaborative working across disciplines. She studies how different groups work together on creative projects such as composing and performing music. She collaborates with colleagues within both academic and professional arts settings in the UK, Europe and the USA on this work.

Dorothy became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015 and is a member of their Grants Committee. She is a member of the Council of the Edinburgh International Festival, of the Board of Directors of Scottish Opera and of the Academic Board at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Dorothy recently served as President of the British Psychological Society and is a former Chair of its Psychology Education Board as well as a Trustee, and remains a Fellow of the Society.


Dr Andy Hancock

Andy has a BA (Hons) in Economic History/Geography from Leeds University, PG Certificate in Education (primary) from Didsbury College of Education, an RSA Diploma in Teaching English Across the Curriculum in Multilingual Schools from Moray House College, Heriot-Watt University, an MSc in Advanced Professional Studies from University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Education from University of Edinburgh. Andy is currently the Director of the Graduate School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh.

He started teaching in multilingual primary schools in London before working for two years in a State Secondary school in Karoi, Zimbabwe as Head of Department for Social Studies. In 1990 he moved to Scotland to become a peripatetic support teacher to bilingual and traveller pupils in primary and secondary schools across Stirling, Clackmannan and Falkirk. For a short period, he was seconded as part of a regional anti-bullying project investigating racist incidents and developing anti-racist support materials for schools. He was also involved in a collaborative curriculum development initiative at the Central Scotland Chinese complementary school. Prior to coming to the University of Edinburgh he was Manager of the Bilingual Support Service in North Lanarkshire. His PhD research investigated Chinese children's experiences of biliteracy learning in the home, primary schools and Chinese schools in Scotland.

He has recently edited a book with Xiaolan Curdt-Christiansen from Reading University entitled Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities to be published by John Benjamins.


Professor Nanette Mutrie

Nanette Mutrie has been Chair of Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh since July 2012. She directs the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) in the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences. She is also a visiting Professor at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow and at the University of Ulster. In January 2015 Nanette was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to physical activity for health in Scotland.

Nanette is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. She has extensive experience of conducting interventions aimed at increasing physical activity. With her students and colleagues she has more than 200 peer reviewed publications in this area. The third edition of a text book, first co-authored with Stuart Biddle in 1991, was published by Routledge in Janaury 2015 (Biddle, Mutrie, Gorely ‘Psychology of physical activity: determinants, well-being, and interventions’).

Her inaugural lecture entitled, ‘Encouraging people to sit less and walk more’, was given at the University in December 2013 and can be viewed below. A Beltane Fellowship during 2013 allowed her to work in the Scottish Parliament Building encouraging people there to ‘sit less and walk more’. The final seminar from that Fellowship, held in the parliament building, can be viewed below.

She has also contributed to policy, for example, ‘let’s make Scotland more active’ and the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) programmes on physical activity and the environment and the promotion of walking and cycling. She is currently a member of the National Strategic Oversight Group for Physical Activity in Scotland.

Current collaborative projects include ‘EuroFIT’, ‘RuFIT’,‘Secure FIT, FFIT follow-up (all delivering a successful lifestyle and weight management programme to sports fans in different locations) ‘walkwell’ (walking programmes for people with learning disabilities), ‘actwell’ (lifestyle counselling for women attending breast cancer screening), ‘USP’ (examining sedentary behaviour patterns in older adults), M74 (an investigation of the impact of a new motorway on travel patterns) and eCoacher (web enhanced delivery of exercise referral schemes). She gets her own exercise by commuter cycling, dog walking and playing golf (badly so a lot more walking involved!).